Posted by: Kristie | September 9, 2009

Ahh…Brugge

I first heard about Brugge after watching the movie “In Bruge” last fall. The movie is what I would call a dark comedy about hit men that are hiding out in town. It’s quirky, a little messed up, but entertaining. Check out the trailer below and pay attention to the dog in the window.

That dog is actually the owner’s dog of the B&B where we stayed. People would walk by the canal to take a photo, the river boats would stop and say “Dog from In Bruge” or “Look at that doggie in the window.” So being guests, we were able to meet the new movie star behind the scenes.  

Hanging with Fidel (the lab/movie star) and his bodyguard Molly.

Hanging with Fidel (the lab/movie star) and his bodyguard Molly.

Fidel working it for the tourists.

Fidel working it for the tourists.

Brugge was lovely, it really was. But ultimately, I would say it didn’t live up to my expectations. And it should be noted that my expectations were very high. Mainly I was disappointed because there were so many tourists. And these were not just individual tourists or small groups, I’m talking large tour groups, all crammed on sidewalks so you can’t even pay attention to the cute shops you’re walking by. I just did not expect the level of tourists, because barely anyone from home knew about the town and it was so hyped up on all my travel resources. At night, the day-trip tourists leave and so the evenings are wonderful. But it’s evening and all of the shops are closed and you’re tired from walking around.

Regardless, we still had a wonderful time. Our B&B was fantastic, we had good food (better than Brussels), people were extremely friendly, we rode bikes through quaint back alleys and along the canal, and we had unseasonably beautiful weather. Here’s a couple of photos for a taste of the town, we’ll post the rest when we upload to a Brugge gallery.

View of Houses from the River Boat

View of houses from the river boat.

The Belfry Tower - It Places a Pretty Memorable Role in the Movie.

The Belfry Tower - It plays a pretty memorable role in the movie.

Picnicking after a day of riding bikes around town.

Picnicking after a day of riding bikes around town.

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